EPT329 Working Within The Community (8)

Building upon the pedagogical knowledge and skills that teacher education students have already gained, both the preparatory phase and the professional experience placement are important to furthering their learning. A key focus of the subject is the teacher education students' progression toward attainment of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at the graduate level. This progress will be reflected upon and documented with supporting evidence in a portfolio prior to, during, and after the professional experience placement, which involves up to 30 days in a secondary school under the mentorship of a supervising teacher. Another major aspect of this subject is learning about and considering the benefits, challenges, and skills needed for fostering positive communication and educational partnerships with young people, parents and families within communities. While on the professional experience placement, teacher education students will be able to observe interactions between school, home and community contexts, and recognise the pivotal role of education to the wellbeing of children, families and communities.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Session 2 (60)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EPT329. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Education

Enrolment Restrictions

This subject is only available to students enrolled in Bachelor of Education (K-12); Bachelor of Education (Health & PE); Bachelor of Education (TAS); Bachelor of Education (Secondary)-Industry Entry;  Bachelor of Outdoor Education or as approved by the Course Director.


EPT218 or EPT123 or EPT241

Subject Relationships

EPT241 Prerequisite subject
EPT218 Prerequisite subject
EPT123 Prerequisite subject

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to apply a range of teaching and learning strategies;
  • be able to demonstrate capacity to work collaboratively;
  • be able to explain the development and implementation of approaches to engaging and working with young people, families, and communities;
  • be able to demonstrate an applied knowledge of and provide evidence of growth as a teaching professional in relation to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers; and
  • have satisfactorily completed a professional experience placement (up to 30 days).


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Professional portfolios
  • Review of progress toward the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers
  • Subject links to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers
  • Strategies for engaging with young people, families and communities
  • Fostering positive partnerships and networking with families and communities
  • Participation in the teaching context: observing, planning, teaching, assessing and critical reflection on practice

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of EPT329 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Professional teaching portfolio
Professional experience report

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 30 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

This subject will involve up to 30 days in a school setting as required for accreditation and as approved by the course director.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.